William Wells Brown An African American Life

Author: Ezra Greenspan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393242005
Format: PDF
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A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist 'Biography' A groundbreaking biography of the most pioneering and accomplished African-American writer of the nineteenth century. Born into slavery in Kentucky, raised on the Western frontier on the farm adjacent to Daniel Boone’s, “rented” out in adolescence to a succession of steamboat captains on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, the young man known as “Sandy” reinvented himself as “William Wells” Brown after escaping to freedom. He lifted himself out of illiteracy and soon became an innovative, widely admired, and hugely popular speaker on antislavery circuits (both American and British) and went on to write the earliest African American works in a plethora of genres: travelogue, novel (the now canonized Clotel), printed play, and history. He also practiced medicine, ran for office, and campaigned for black uplift, temperance, and civil rights. Ezra Greenspan’s masterful work, elegantly written and rigorously researched, sets Brown’s life in the richly rendered context of his times, creating a fascinating portrait of an inventive writer who dared to challenge the racial orthodoxies and explore the racial complexities of nineteenth-century America.

From Fugitive Slave to Free Man

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826214751
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William Wells Brown spent the first twenty years of his life mainly in St. Louis and the surrounding areas working as a house servant, field hand, a tavern keeper's assistant, a printer's helper, an assistant in a medical office, and a handyman for James Walker, a Missouri slave trader. During his time with Walker, Brown made three trips up and down the Mississippi River. These trips allowed him to encounter slavery from every perspective and provided experiences he would draw on throughout his writing career.

The Narrative of William W Brown a Fugitive Slave

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486430973
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An influential force in the abolition movement and a lasting testimonial to the injustice of slavery, Brown's Narrative was an instant bestseller upon its 1847 publication and remains essential reading. It offers a sincere and moving account of the author's experiences during the first 20 years of his life as a slave in Missouri.

Narrative of William W Brown a Fugitive Slave

Author: William W. Brown
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
ISBN: 1602067368
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In this autobiography, published in 1847, William Wells Brown details his life of slavery in Missouri. He describes in horrid detail the punishments and tortures doled out on a daily basis on the farm where he was kept captive. Brown's journey through various owners took him from the farm to the steamboat, where he participated in the slave trade itself, ferrying humans like cattle to the slave market in New Orleans. Eventually, he made his way to freedom, with the help of Wells Brown, whose name he later took. Students of history and anyone interested in true-life adventures will get caught up in Brown's moving account from one of the most troubling times in American history. Born into slavery, American author WILLIAM WELLS BROWN (1814-1884) escaped to the North where he became a prominent abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright, and historian. His novel, Clotel: or, The President's Daughter, is considered by historians to be the first novel written by an African American. His other works include The Negro in the American Rebellion and The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom.

The Anthology of Early African American Literature

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: Golgotha Press
ISBN: 1629171247
Format: PDF
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This giant anthology of African American literature includes some of the earliest published works of African American writers. It includes works by such writers as William Wells Brown, Frederick Douglass, and Sojourner Truth. The following works are included in this collection: Clotel, or The President's Daughter Clotelle: A Tale of the Southern States Clotelle; or The Colored Heroine Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Our Nig My Bondage and My Freedom Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass The Narrative of Sojourner Truth Negro Explorer at the North Pole The Negro Problem Three Years in Europe Twelve Years A Slave Up From Slavery: An Autobiography

The Works of William Wells Brown

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195309634
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William Wells Brown is considered the first African-American novelist. This volume brings together the most vital and provocative of his non-fiction output.

William Wells Brown Clotel Other Writings

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: Library of America
ISBN: 1598533142
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Born a slave and kept functionally illiterate until he escaped at age nineteen, William Wells Brown (1814–1884) refashioned himself first as an agent of the Underground Railroad, then as an antislavery activist and self-taught orator, and finally as the author of a series of landmark works that made him, like Frederick Douglass, a foundational figure of African American literature. His controversial novel Clotel; or, the President’s Daughter (1853), a fictionalized account of the lives and struggles of Thomas Jefferson’s black daughters and granddaughters, is the first novel written by an African American. This Library of America volume brings it together with Brown’s other groundbreaking works: Narrative of William W. Brown: A Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself (1847), his first published book and an immediate bestseller, which describes his childhood, life in slavery, and eventual escape; later memoirs charting his life during the Civil War and Reconstruction; the first play (The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom, 1858), travelogue (The American Fugitive in Europe, 1855), and history (The Black Man, His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements, 1862) written by an African American; and eighteen speeches and public letters from the 1840s, 50s, and 60s, many collected here for the first time.

Clotel Or the President s Daughter

Author: William Wells Brown
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765633040
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Originally published in 1853, Clotel is one of the first novels by an African American. In it, Brown treats the themes of gender, race and slavery in distinctive ways, highlighting the mutability of identity, as well as the abrudities and cruelties of slavery.

Three Classic African American Novels

Author: William L. Andrews
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9780451528704
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Collects the first three novels written by African Americans in the 1850s. The heroic slave: the story of a mutiny aboard the slave ship Creole in 1841. Clotel: follows the lives and varying fortunes of a family of four slave women. Our Nig: a young woman overcomes the cruelty of her white employer to pursue an education and career.